Earlier this month, Okuda completed his largest public installation project to date in Boston’s Seaport District. Curated by Justkids, the seven large-scale sculptures from the Spanish artist features his distinctive kaleidoscope of colors and geometric shapes. Air, Sea, Land is inspired by the intersection of elements at the dynamic waterfront neighborhood and continues exploring some of the street artist’s favorite themes – “the tale of life and coexistence, and the mythological edge where the animal kingdom encounters with the human world.” Discuss Okuda here.
More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): In advance of the midterms, Barbara Kruger reprises MOCA mural that asks ‘Who is beyond the law?’ Jenny Holzer speaks out about the added impact of the abuse of power in the Trump era. Fierce Pussy releases poster urging people to vote. New York museums drop Saudi funding after journalist’s murder. Khashoggi scandal leads art world to rethink ties to Saudi Crown Prince. The 11 best booths at the 45th edition of the […]
Last month, Telmo Miel painted a mural entitled Prepared for the FestiWall public art festival in Italy. The touching image from the Dutch street artists features a woman putting a helmet on her armored son, symbolizing a mother’s love and the importance of family. Using their impressive spray paint skills, the duo from the Netherlands once again demonstrated their special blend of realism and abstraction with this multi-story wall in Ragusa. Discuss Telmo Miel here.
More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Tania Bruguera, Marilyn Minter, Trevor Paglen, and others to create political billboards ahead of US midterms. Outraged by Kavanaugh confirmation, social media users cite the vengeful women of art history. How the Swedish mystic Hilma af Klimt invented Abstract Art. Why AbEx painter Philip Guston’s return to figuration enraged the art world. Joan Mitchell on how to be an artist. Roberta Smith remembers dealer Phyllis Kind. Chinese artist and Netflix star Cai Guo-Qiang […]
Recently in Oulu, Finland, Andrew Hem (interviewed) completed by far the hardest mural he’s ever painted due to the challenging texture of the wall. Created for multi-city UPEA street art festival, Crystal Blue from the American artist has a pixelated feel to it due to the tiny rocks on the surface of the wall. Using masterful gradients of of red and orange in the background, the stunning piece really stands out from the surroundings. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: Hannu Uusitalo, the artist, and the festival. Discuss Andrew Hem […]
It’s been a long while since our last Streets World Roundup but we felt like sharing so here’s a look at some recent street art. Headlining things is this clever series of handpainted sequential billboard takeovers from Mobstr (interviewed). Not sure where these pieces are located, but presumably in the UK somewhere. Wherever they are, the text-based work is a prime example of his wittiness, talent for placement, and minimalistic aesthetic. Other public art that caught our eyes last month include pieces from JR (Germany), AlfAlfA (Spain), Andrew […]
More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): The 18 best booths at Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Brooklyn Museum director Anne Pasternak joins #metoo debate. What Judy Chicago’s work reveals about the toxicity of masculinity. Jenny Saville painting sells for $12.4 million at Sotheby’s London, breaking record for living female artist. Rare Richter’s a bust, but Christie’s moves $25.9 million Bacon & a $21 million Fontana at London sales. Christie’s to auction works by Grenfell victim Khadija Saye. The de Koonings found […]
Last weekend marked the official opening of the second large exhibition of Urban Nation, Berlin’s unique and world’s museum of urban contemporary art. Featuring works by 50 artists from around the globe, including some of our favorites such as DALeast, Damien Hirst, Herakut, Jeff Soto, João Ruas, Sergio Garcia, Shepard Fairey, SHOK-1, Swoon and Vhils, the event also included the open studios of UN’s newest art residency program. We had a chance to sit and chat with Yasha Young, the director and curator of UN, and talk about […]
Art historian Hector Campbell recently sat down with artist and co-founder of Delphian Gallery, Benjamin Murphy, to discuss the history of the gallery, his own unique approach to curation, their inaugural Open Call exhibition, and their upcoming exhibition with Florence Hutchings, Seating Arrangement. Hector Campbell (HC): Delphian Gallery has existed in one manifestation or another since 2013’s ‘Group Collective are Kunsts’ exhibition, could you explain how the gallery first came about? And how it has subsequently evolved into its current model? Benjamin Murphy (BM): My […]
For the fourth edition of Murals In The Market, anamorphic street artist Leon Keer recently finished a piece entitled Urban Colonization. Painted on a decrepit building around Detroit’s Eastern Market, the wall featuring the Dutch artist’s considerable 3D skills (aided with some sculptural additions aka painted tires) deals with some of the controversy surrounding the city’s water drainage rate or “rain tax.” He states – “Seems like the water shutoffs and massive drainage charge in Detroit has been set up to seize poor people’s homes and land to […]
The organizers of the popular Festival Iminente in Lisbon have teamed up with Amnesty International for their ongoing Brave Walls project. Using the recognition of the event to address important issues, their most recent effort resulted in a new mural by Vhils (interviewed), demanding justice for Brazilian human rights defender Marielle Franco. The Rio city councilor and her driver were shot dead by two men in what appears to have been a targeted assassination on the 14th of March, which caused a series of protests held across […]
More stories below from this week (click on bolded words for more information): Jeffrey Deitch left MOCA amid controversy. Now he’s returning to L.A. to launch a gallery on his own terms. United Talent Agency Fine Arts head Josh Roth dies at 40. The American architect and theorist Robert Venturi has died at the age of 93. Geta Brătescu, the Romanian multidisciplinary artist, has died at age 92. A Los Angeles federal judge allows Adrian Falkner aka Smash 137’s lawsuit against GM to move forward. […]